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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is the former home of local industrialist James Deering. It comprises over 10 acres (4.046 hectares) of land that follows the coastline. The complex features waterfalls, pools, fountains, and lovely gardens. The beauty of this place makes it a very popular local attraction. The museum also includes a cafe and garden.
1. Legend has it that Edward Leedskalnin, the Latvian immigrant who was also an amateur sculptor, built the Coral Castle singlehandedly. The Museo Historico Cubano tells Edward’s story, and also more about the astonishing feat that he ventured on. There is a guided tour of the Castle in which you can understand the purpose of every sculpture that he built in there.
1. The Cuban History Exile Museum houses myriad exhibits based on the legend of the Cuban Exile. Visit the Museum to witness various artefacts and memorabilia that tell you about the spine-chilling series of events, the wars fought, and ultimately won. There are also various photographs and information plaques that inform about the courageous sacrifices done by the people to achieve freedom. There is a Library in the building that serves as a repository of the historic occurrence, and a theatre that projects documentaries and films related to the Exile story along with hosting numerous events and meetings.
This museum provides a very colorful look at the people and events that shaped South Florida. Native Americans, European explorers and early pioneers all played a part in creating what we see today. This museum covers the entire fascinating heritage of the region, from the docks and cigar factories of old Key West to the glamor of the Art Deco era. Come February, HistoryMiami hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair.
Occupying a striking historic building from 1939, this museum offers an in-depth look at the historic and cultural factors that have shaped the city over the years. From architecture and town planning to art, the museum touches upon numerous topics through its exhaustive exhibits. The museum also has numerous educational programs for children and welcomes school visits. The beautiful museum complex comprises a host of regal spaces which can be rented out for private events.
This landmark building located in the center of Miami is especially important to Cuban residents. During the 1960s, it was the processing center for nearly half a million Cuban refugees. Designed by George A Fuller, Schultze, & Weaver the Freedom Tower was established in 1925. Prior to its stint as a Cuban refugee center, the Freedom Tower housed the Miami News. The Freedom Tower is home to MDC Museum of Art + Design. Visitors to the landmark can peruse beautiful artworks exhibited at the museum.
This is the historic boyhood home of George Merrick, the founding father of Coral Gables. In the 1920s, Merrick designed many of the elegant mansions that can be found in this tree lined, upscale neighborhood. Take a guided tour through the house constructed of coral rock or wander on your own around the lovely gardens and grounds. The home contains many of Merrick's original furnishings and gives a glimpse of South Florida life during this period.
This non-profit museum is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Haitian culture and heritage in an area with the largest population of Haitians outside of Haiti. The museum features a collection of Haitian art, artifacts, music, film, and literature. Visitors are welcome to come in and view the exhibits, or they can check the calendar for special exhibitions and events, such as the annual "Renaissance Cocktail" Gala or Haitian Heritage Month, also known as the "Month of May."